March 20, 2015 |
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
February 18, 2015 |
IF YOU'RE WALKING along the Las Vegas strip tomorrow night and the lights dim, don't panic. It's just a thoughtful tribute honoring the late Jerry Tarkanian, the former head coach of UNLV who died last Wednesday at age 84. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will take place at 10:30 following the Boise State at UNLV game. The gesture puts Tarkanian in good company. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan are among those who have had lights dimmed on the Strip after their deaths.
February 13, 2015 |
Jerry Tarkanian put me on hold for a minute late one night in 1994, deadline fast approaching. Tark came back on the line. The UNLV athletic director who had helped oust him had just resigned. "All the rats are gone - isn't that wonderful," Tark said over the phone. "All the rats are gone. " I had been assigned to cover what turned out to be the endgame for Rollie Massimino, Tark's successor at UNLV. It took only one trip to Vegas to realize Massimino had virtually no chance of surviving.
November 23, 2014 |
NEW YORK - For the second time in as many nights, Temple showed up for a basketball game without its offense, falling to UNLV, 57-50, in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Owls (2-2), who led by 27-24 at halftime, went stone cold from the field in the second half, when they made just 5 of 33 field goals (15.2 percent). They were even worse from beyond the three-point line after the break, connecting on just 1 of 12 from long range.
November 15, 2014 |
WHEN DERRICK Jones visited the campus at UNLV in mid-October, visions of grandeur danced in his head as he stepped on the floor of the Thomas & Mack Center. The possibility of entertaining thousands of fans on the Vegas campus was too much for the 6-6 small forward from Archbishop Carroll to turn down. Yesterday from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., Jones made his intentions known to the country. "I'm going to take my talents to UNLV," Jones said on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation, after thanking teammates, coaches, friends and family for their support.
November 14, 2014 |
Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones visited UNLV last month. That convinced him that it was the place for him, Jones said. The senior forward orally committed to UNLV on Thursday night, making his announcement live on ESPNU. He chose the Runnin' Rebels over Auburn and Connecticut. Kansas and Kentucky also had offered Jones scholarships. "When I stepped on campus, it felt like family there," Jones said. "I got to know the basketball players, and it felt like a brotherhood. " Jones is the nation's 22d-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015, according to ESPN.com.
November 13, 2014 |
Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones, the area's top high school boys' basketball player, will announce his college choice on Thursday evening as part of a cable television special. The 6-foot-6 senior forward had planned to save his announcement for after the high school season. Instead, he will drive with his family to ESPN's studios in Bristol, Conn. Jones and two other top-ranked recruits will announce their college commitments on ESPNU starting at 6 p.m. Jones narrowed his choices last month to Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNLV.
October 30, 2013 |
* BEHIND THE MASK. Premieres today at Hulu.com and on Hulu Plus. JON "Jersey" Goldman doesn't need Halloween to dress up. If there's a team or cause that needs a mascot, he's there. "I've been cows, sharks, Superman," said Goldman, whose stints as a mascot began at Collingswood (N.J.) High School - where he was the Panther for a couple of years, before graduating in 2007 - and included a tour of duty as Finley the Rivershark (and sometimes Mr. Trash), with the Camden Riversharks.
March 22, 2013 |
VANDER BLUE had no doubt where he was going with the ball. The Marquette guard's only concern was whether he'd have room to make it happen. Blue needed just 4 seconds to make his own path. Taking Jamil Wilson's inbounds pass at midcourt with 5.5 seconds remaining, he drove left past Jake Cohen for a layup that completed a rally from nine points down with 5 minutes left and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8) an improbable, 59-58 victory over No. 14 Davidson (26-8) in Thursday's second-round NCAA Tournament game in Lexington, Ky. "All I was thinking was, 'If I get to the rim, I have to finish,' " said Blue, who scored seven of Marquette's final 10 points, including a three-pointer with 28 seconds left, and finished with 16. "I'm not ready to go home, I know our team's not ready to go home.
February 23, 2013
Here is how bracketologists Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm see locals men's college basketball teams in the NCAA tournament through Thursday: Joe Lunardi, ESPN La Salle: 11th seed in the East, facing sixth seed UNLV at the Wells Fargo Center. Temple: Meets Baylor in play-in game for the 12th seed in the South to play fifth seed Memphis at San Jose. Villanova: Does not qualify. Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com La Salle: 11th seed in the South, facing sixth seed UNLV at Kansas City.